ERIC Number: ED484562
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Trends in Undergraduate Career Education. Issue Brief. NCES 2005-012
Hudson, Lisa; Carey, Ellen
US Department of Education
Participation in postsecondary education has increased in recent years. However, since students' postsecondary curricular choices are based in part on labor market demand and this demand typically varies across occupations, not all areas of postsecondary education are likely to increase at the same rate. This Issue Brief examines trends in awarded credentials in career-related areas of study at the subbaccalaureate and baccalaureate levels over a 16-year time period, from 1984-85 to 2000-01. The data used in this Issue Brief are from the Completions Survey of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and its predecessor, the Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS). The credential counts in these completions files are categorized here by level, as subbaccalaureate (postsecondary certificates and associate's degrees) and baccalaureate (bachelor?s degrees), and by curricular area, based on whether the credential is in an academic field (the traditional liberal arts and sciences) or a career field (occupationally related areas such as engineering, education, and health care). The number of students receiving undergraduate credentials increased from 1984-85 to 2000-01 in both career education and academic education. Other career areas (e.g., protective services, consumer and personal services) became a larger proportion of undergraduate credentials. Finally, the direction of change at the subbaccalaureate and baccalaureate levels was sometimes similar (e.g., agriculture/natural resources, engineering/architectural science), suggesting parallel changes in skill demands in some areas of the labor market at the subbaccalaureate and baccalaureate levels, while in other areas trends differed (e.g., computer science, health care), suggesting different subbaccalaureate and baccalaureate labor markets. Table 1 describes the percentage of credentials awarded in each career area by education by level and curricular focus.
Descriptors: Credentials, Career Education, Labor, Labor Market, Engineering, Computer Science, Academic Education, Higher Education, Agricultural Education, College Students
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.